Today, March 5th, is President Trump’s artificial deadline to end protections for the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Last September he announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that provided temporary protection for Dreamers, and he gave Congress until today to enact a more permanent solution.
For the last six months, Alliance San Diego -- made up of Dreamers and Citizens -- have walked alongside Border Dreamers, bringing our stories of what it means to live in limbo, lose your legal status, lose your job, and lose your ability to pursue your dreams in the country that raised you. It is frightening, it is destabilizing, and it doesn’t make sense. And it is happening to 40,000 Border Dreamers in San Diego County and over 800,000 Dreamers across the United States.
Today, time is up. The artificial deadline imposed by Trump is here and there is no new law to protect Dreamers. Instead of supporting bipartisan solutions in Congress that would have delivered permanent protections for Dreamers, Trump has rejected them, choosing instead to hold Dreamers hostage for more border walls and more border agents that we do not need and he cannot justify. Instead of focusing on the crisis he has created for Dreamers and the opportunity to be a dream maker, Trump has chosen to be a dream breaker, leaving Dreamers vulnerable to his deportation force, especially here in the border region where the number of deportation agents outnumber the city police.
A temporary court injunction allows Dreamers with DACA to renew their status while a legal challenge to the ending of the DACA program plays out in court, but that injunction could be overturned at any moment and it doesn’t help the youngest Dreamers who are just now turning 15 years old and would only now be old enough to apply, but can no longer do so. Without a more permanent solution, Dreamers are forced to live in a constant state of fear and uncertainty at the very moment when they should be planning for their future. That is no way to treat people.
Alliance San Diego is working at the local, state and federal level to mobilize support for Dreamers and their families -- and we need your help. Join us in the fight to build momentum, protect our communities, and advance compassionate and common-sense solutions. Together, we can turn this around.